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Inspired by the rise of people bringing yappy pets into stores this holiday season, I've decided to create this thread! I always get a lot of questions when people find out I have a service dog, so here is your chance to ask any and all questions you might have. Please be respectful of myself and others on this thread. Feel free to ask me any questions about my dog, service animal laws, emotional support animal laws, the difference between ESAs v. service dogs v. therapy dogs, my disabilities, and anything else you can think of!

FYI: I am in the U.S. and will be answering all questions based on U.S. laws and regulations, as they differ from country to country.
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Can I have the puppies?
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Yea, we actually have a little piece of paper up in our hardware store that explains that it's a 20,000 dollar fine for trying to pass of your regular dog as a service dog. Some people even try to pass off their therapy dog as a service dog, which doesn't really work.

As for my question, I have seen a number of people bring "service" dogs into the store. Some you can't pet, are very focused, etc. Pretty much what you'd expect a service dog to be. But then I've seen others that are running around sniffing anything, and the owners have no problem with you petting them. But they insist that they are service dogs. Are there really service dogs that are that unruly?
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Can I have the puppies?


I... don't know exactly what you're asking.
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Yea, we actually have a little piece of paper up in our hardware store that explains that it's a 20,000 dollar fine for trying to pass of your regular dog as a service dog. Some people even try to pass off their therapy dog as a service dog, which doesn't really work.

As for my question, I have seen a number of people bring "service" dogs into the store. Some you can't pet, are very focused, etc. Pretty much what you'd expect a service dog to be. But then I've seen others that are running around sniffing anything, and the owners have no problem with you petting them. But they insist that they are service dogs. Are there really service dogs that are that unruly?


That's so great of your store! Most stores around me have signs saying service animals only but nothing past that; your store taking it a step further and adding what the legal repercussion would be is simply wonderful.

Unfortunately, a lot of people get service dog, therapy dogs, and ESAs confused, even though all it takes is a simple Google search to find out the differences.

Again unfortunately, some training programs don't fully train their dogs and will give them to their handlers half-trained. Alternatively, some handlers will get fully trained dogs but not keep up the necessary daily retraining/task work and their dogs training will deteriorate. Further, those could definitely be fakes. For the petting issue, I sometimes let people pet my dog, but under very certain circumstances. Some handlers have no issue with their dogs being pet whenever, others have a very strict no-touch rule, and others, such as myself, are somewhere in between.

Touching on the sniffing around thing: As a rule of thumb, if a "service dog" is sniffing around, I view it as a fake. One of the first things my dog and a few of my friends' service dogs were trained was to not sniff around.
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That makes sense. It's kind of a difficult subject to breach with the people who have them, because I'm often trying to sell them things. So it's important that the customers feel as welcome as possible. Having said that, we have a store cat and a bird. So such information should be useful in discerning a fake service dog from a genuine one.

Unrelated to the topic, but it looks like you're trying to put code in your signature. I think you're trying for something like this:

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Any true, fully trained service dog won't be bothered by the cat or the bird.

Thank you!
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